Manchester United's summer signing has expressed his relief after scoring his first Premier League goal in front of a jubilant home crowd in a tense 3-2 victory over Fulham
The €16million signing from Borussia Dortmund, named Goal.com's Top of the Match for his performance, pounced on the rebound from Tom Cleverley's thunderous shot to beat a helpless Mark Schwarzer.
"I worried that I might have been offside," Kagawa reflected after the match to Nikkan. "I'm glad the timing worked out. I wanted to score a goal somehow, so I'm relieved I could do so at our first home game."
While there were questions surrounding Kagawa's role in the club following the blockbuster signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal, the Japan international's dynamic 68-minute performance seems to have erased any doubts that he will be a valuable asset to Sir Alex Ferguson.
"It's important that I keep playing well in each match," Kagawa continued. "I don't have time to enjoy the moment. Next time I want to score a goal on my own terms."